Impact of Land Conservation

Mom & child at Rough Meadows in summer © Jerry & Marcy Monkman (
© Jerry & Marcy Monkman (

Mass Audubon actively protects over 38,000 acres of land across Massachusetts and is now the largest private conservation landowner in the Commonwealth. This land provides wildlife with undisturbed habitat in which to breed, corridors along which to migrate, and rich settings in which to thrive. It provides people with sanctuaries to experience the restorative benefits of nature, outdoor education where their children can learn about the circle of life, and ample space to explore the wonders of nature.

In a world experiencing rapid climate change, land conservation helps prepare us for the future by preserving the elements of nature that wildlife and people will need in order to adapt. 

Key Accomplishments from FY 2019


Brewster's Woods looking down at the Concord River
Brewster's Woods

Additional acres of land protected. This includes the establishment of a new 142-acre wildlife sanctuary in Concord thanks to one of the largest conservation gifts in the history of the Commonwealth. 



Stream, meadow, & woods at sunset © Mark Goulding
© Mark Goulding

Total acres of protected land owned by Mass Audubon at the end of the year. 


Land Conservation 2019 partner logos

Portion of projects that were completed in partnership with other conservation organizations—public and private.



Older child hiking over a creek © Diana Chaplin
© Diana Chaplin

Acres of land we do not own but still conserve via Conservation Restrictions that we hold. This allows us to monitor and ensure the protection of these natural areas.


Child laying in grassy flower field © April Churchill
© April Churchill

Fair market value of the additional land protected. Actual value? Priceless.



Reinier & Nancy Beeuwkes celebrate the deed signing with Gary Clayton
Reinier & Nancy Beeuwkes celebrate the deed signing with Gary Clayton

Families put their land into conservation by making outright gifts of land to Mass Audubon or selling at a reduced price.